Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson has now raised more than $30,000 in his bid to be Pensacola’s next mayor, according to campaign finance reports.
Robinson announced in October that he would run for mayor, and so far, he’s the only candidate officially in the race. Two-term incumbent Ashton Hayward hasn’t yet said whether or not he plans to seek a third term. Robinson’s fellow commissioner Lumon May is also said to be mulling a mayoral run.
In November, those who contributed the legal maximum of $1,000 to Robinson’s campaign included Weldon “Jay” Bradshaw, owner of Pensacola Moving & Storage; contractor West Caldwell of Wescon; and attorney John Trawick. Other notable donors included banker Tom Owens of BB&T, banker Buzz Ritchie of The First, and accountant Mort O’Sullivan of Warren Averett, each of whom contributed $500. Architect H. Miller Caldwell, Jr. and his wife each contributed $750.
Appleyard Agency, Bell Steel, Greenhut Construction Company, Nowak Enterprises, PTAC Consulting Engineers, Landworks Investments, Loftis Marine Division, and Brannen, Inc. were among the corporate contributors who gave $500.
Former Pensacola mayor Mike Wiggins — whom Hayward unseated in 2010 — contributed $100 to Robinson’s campaign.
If elected, Robinson would become just the second mayor elected since the city adopted a mayor-council or “strong mayor” form of government in 2010, under which the mayor exercises broad executive powers. The new charter also extended mayoral terms from two years to four and limited those serving as mayor and city council members to a maximum of three four-year terms.
Pensacola’s next mayoral election is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Should more than two candidates qualify to run, the election would be instead held on Tuesday, August 28; if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters would then proceed to a November 6 runoff.